Mercury Retrograde: Change Reverts To The Status Quo (January 11 – February 1, 2009)

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This post is all about Mercury retrograde: what it is, how to make the most of it, and how it could play out in financial markets and the Obama Administration.

Mercury, the planetary energy relating to communication and movement, will be retrograde from January 11 to February 1, 2009. Mercury will not really move backwards, but appear to from Earth’s vantage point. Mercury retrogrades occur for three weeks three to four times a year. Mercury retrograde is not considered a favorable time to start something new, but serves as an opportunity to review situations we’ve overlooked or might not have paid enough attention to. When Mercury is retrograde, it’s time to put the RE prefix before everything you do: reconfirm, rethink, renegotiate, repair, revise, redo, reconnect, reinvent, retry, etc. Many times we’re reexamining issues that relate to the prior Mercury retrograde (September 24 – October 15, 2008).

Mercury retrograde can increase the potential for breakdowns in communications, communication systems and devices. Since Mercury turns retrograde at the time of the Full Moon in Cancer, the retrograde period could highlight things in the home that need attention. Mercury retrogrades in Aquarius from January 11 through January 20. Events that occur around January 11 are likely to take a new direction at the January 26 Solar Eclipse. Friends, groups and reviewing what you really want to achieve are emphasized now. Aquarius rules electricity, electronic devices, computer hardware and software, the internet, and air travel. Have battery backups for electronic devices and keep them fully charged in case the power goes out. Keep extra cash, water, and food on hand that can be prepared without electricity. From January 21 to February 1 Mercury will be retrograde in Capricorn, emphasizing career/professional matters and public reputation. Relationships with parents, elderly, or people in authoritative positions are highlighted now. This part of the cycle particularly emphasizes the backbones of modern life, such as plumbing, appliances, elevators/escalators, ground transportation, and essential government functions.

Here are some suggestions that are relevant year round, but are particularly important during Mercury retrograde:

  • Edit yourself before communicating to avoid misunderstandings. Reconfirm all appointments (even the most casual get togethers) and travel arrangements. Mercury retrograde tends to create unsettled weather conditions, so allow extra time to reach your destination.
  • Be extra vigilant running security scans, changing passwords, and backing up files. Check online financial accounts more frequently. Print copies of bills, statements, and important documents you’re working on at this time.
  • Review your receipt before leaving the store. Review bills and financial statements as soon as you receive them. Mail bills, greeting cards and packages earlier to ensure they arrive on time.
  • Carefully review all documents, even if it has been vetted by an attorney or other professional. Do not sign anything you do not understand.

Now that I’ve given you an idea of what to be aware of during this time, here are a few suggestions specifically geared to when Mercury is retrograde:

  • January 11 to 20 is a good time to patch things up with a friend or reconnect with a group or social network you were involved with in the past.
  • Contact people you were unsuccessful in establishing a business relationship with in the past. Reapply to employers who previously rejected you.
  • If you failed a test, restudy and retake it during retrograde. (If you fail for the first time during retrograde, retake it after February 22.)
  • Anything that failed to get correctly diagnosed prior to retrograde should be reexamined and retested now.
  • Houseclean and get organized! January 13, 14, 18-19, 23-24, 28-29 could be particularly motivating.

Economic/Financial:
As CNBC understands, financial markets tend to be choppy during Mercury retrograde. Trading patterns in place prior to retrograde tend to diverge. Likewise, any pattern that begins during retrograde might not last once Mercury moves forward.

Two trends are likely to bring back volatility and big market moves. Saturn rules Capricorn, representing the market’s doom and gloom fear and pessimism. Uranus (as well as Saturn) rules Aquarius, representing the market’s sharp and sudden price spikes in either extreme that break through technical support levels. This Mercury retrograde cycle is ruled by both planetary energies that are moving toward their second opposition to each other on February 5.

Additionally, Mercury moves retrograde at the time of the Cancer Full Moon which reactivates the previous retrograde cycle (September 24 – October 15, 2008). It was during this time that the TARP was rejected and then approved by Congress. Now Congress will decide how to disperse the second half of the so-called $700 billion bailout.

Days during retrograde that volatility/larger moves are more likely to occur are around January 12, 20, 22-23, 26-27, February 2.

Obama Administration and Mercury retrograde:
President-Elect Obama ran as the candidate promising to bring major change and reform, reflecting the Uranus energy of the Saturn/Uranus opposition cycle that kicked off on Election Day and finishes in mid 2010.

Obama will be sworn in as the 44th President of the US on January 20 at Noon, during Mercury retrograde. Planetary energies can be expressed in different ways, reflecting our free will to choose how we create and react to life’s circumstances. The Sun conjoining Mercury retrograde on Inauguration Day and approaching an alignment with Jupiter in Aquarius, can be represented as the nation’s leader (represented by the Sun) reversing all the waste and damage created over the last couple of decades. These energies could be used for retreating from wars and foreign entanglements (Jupiter); a complete reversal of the USA’s policy of arrogance that only we know what’s best for the rest of the world. The Aquarius energies could be a return to the glory days of space exploration and technologies. A reversal of the Bush administration’s policies against a woman’s right to control her own body. A reversal of “faith-based initiatives” that blur the separation of church and state. A reversal of the failed policy of the “war on drugs."

Mercury retrograde at the inauguration can repair and replace America’s outworn infrastructure of roads, transportation systems, and the electrical grids system. These energies can reverse our dependence on fossil fuels through the development of clean and more efficient energy sources.

Mercury retrograde at the inauguration can manifest universal healthcare in the US as this was originally proposed by President Truman. Instead, Congress “compromised” by creating universal healthcare for seniors (Medicare), the poor (Medicaid), and government sponsored healthcare for themselves.

In short, Mercury retrograde in Aquarius at the inauguration can return the federal government back to policies that benefit the greatest majority of Americans, thus bringing the return of true prosperity. Barack Obama has a choice, and right now it appears he will choose to express the energies of Mercury retrograde by recreating failed policies, returning financial alchemy, and rehiring many of the people who helped get the nation into the mess it’s in the first place! As I have written before, there will be no in-between regarding Obama’s presidency. He will either be a tremendous success or a total failure. The majority of people in America are prepared to move forward for progressive change (Uranus), yet it appears that the President-Elect, the Congress, most economists and Wall Street want to take what they perceive to be the “easy way out” by perpetuating the status quo and business as usual in Washington (Saturn). The more the status quo on Wall Street and Washington resist major reform, the more likely the US will experience civil unrest in 2010-12.

Mercury Retrogrades in 2009:
Here are the dates and energies surrounding the remaining retrogrades this year. I will post more details on each cycle as we get closer to these times. Notice that the retrograde cycles occur during busy holiday travel times (Memorial Day, Labor Day, Christmas/New Year’s).

May 7-30: Mercury retrograde in its “home” sign Gemini until May 13, highlighting neighbors and local environment and telecommunications. Mercury is retrograde in Taurus for the remaining time, highlighting banking and finances. Key Dates: May 9, 16-17, 20, 24-25, 27-29. This cycle emphasizes hype vs. reality and will likely culminate in a turning point in the stock market. What happens now affects the public in a big way.

Sep 7-29: Mercury retrograde begins on Labor Day which could create travel snafus over this busy travel weekend. Mercury retrograde in Libra until Sep 17 focuses on alliances, partnerships, and romantic relationships. Then Mercury moves back into its other “home” sign Virgo, emphasizing matters related to work, health, and daily routine. Many challenging alignments occur during this period, including the third opposition of Saturn and Uranus. The planetary energies at this time relate back to the September 15, 2008 Full Moon. Key Dates: September 11-12, 15-18, 20, 22-23, 26.

Dec 26, 2009 – Jan 15, 2010: Mercury retrogrades in Capricorn, beginning its retrograde cycle at the same place it ended on February 1, 2009. This retrograde will particularly affect the US and the UK. Key Dates: Dec 27-29, 31, Jan 4-5, 7, 11, 13.

Check out the Weekly Forecast for the daily planetary energies.

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